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Dry conditions lead to poor hay harvest in Malheur County, Oregon
10/26/2018 4:32:57 PM

Water Supply & Quality
Malheur County, OR

Start Date: 5/1/2018 - End Date: 10/25/2018
We have had no measurable rainfall since March 2018 in Malheur County, Oregon. Our irrigation water went off mid June due to no winter and spring moisture. Instead of getting 2-3 cuttings of hay we got a poor first cutting. We have had to buy $70,000 of hay on our operation that we usually raise ourselves. The continued drought into the fall is creating a stress on the plants as there is not adequate growth to provide nutrient storage for the next year's growth. We have had to start feeding cows that usually stay out until the end of the year. It has been a long hot dry summer and is turning into a very dry fall. From Malheur County, Oregon, on October 25, 2018